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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Your Tax Dollars At Work


According to a story on DODBuzz.com, when US troops pull out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, they'll have some 4,000 vehicles left over -- trucks, Humvees, MRAPS, etc.

Why don't we give them to Afghanistan's security forces? The Defense Logistics Agency says the Afghans wouldn't be able to maintain them or handle the on-board computers -- which makes no sense to me. How is it possible that we have trained thousands of Americans to handle that over the last dozen years, but in that time, no Afghans learned those skills?

The story says the Pentagon has tried to find other countries to buy the vehicles, but apparently they're all too smart to get involved in a land war, so they have no need for them. Besides, the vehicles are being offered "as is, where is" -- in other words, if you want them, you have to go to Afghanistan and get them. No one in their right mind would do that.

So, if no one else wants them, our military will destroy the vehicles -- at a cost of $10,000 each, which is less than it would cost to ship them home ($50,000 each) and mothball them.

Perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger would like to buy some of the vehicles and use them in his "Will It Crush?" fundraising campaign.